Did you get a chance to read our last blog? If you did, then you already know that sewing with flannel can be hard work. We went over a couple of things that you should do to prepare your fabric before you start your project, but we ran out of time! The following is a few more tips from your favorite site for cheap sewing machines about how to sew with flannel like a pro:
- Buy more than you need- As we mentioned in our last blog, flannel will shrink more than any other cotton fabric. Flannel has also been known to fray on the edges, and those edges will need to be cut off before you start your project. So if you would rather be safe than sorry, always buy more than you need.
- Press rather than iron- Flannel stretches easily, and when you iron as you would to get wrinkles out of something, you will find that you are stretching your fabric out of place. That is why is is a much better option to press and hold rather than to iron. Bonus tip!- Flannel is very thick, so instead of pressing all of the seams to one side, press them open! This will save you time and energy later on.
- Use new sewing needles- Flannel is thick and tough, and therefore very hard on sewing needles and blades. That is why you should use new needles and blades as much as you can while you are working with flannel.
Although we have gone over several tips, we have many more for you, so don’t forget to stay tuned for our next blog!